Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1980 TOPPS GIL FLORES

A RADIO PRODUCER MORE FAMOUS
 THAN A BA-BA BALLPLAYER? GO FIGURE.
LIKE CLEMENTE, HIS FINAL CARD WRAPS UP HIS CAREER STATS.
UNLIKE CLEMENTE, SAID CAREER WAS QUICKLY FORGOTTEN.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • Gil Flores, a longtime minor-leaguer, played three seasons in the majors, beginning in 1977 with the Angels. His three-year Maj. Lea. Totals: .261 average, two home runs, 37 RBI.
  •  Oh, who am I kidding? He's being featured because he looks like The Howard Stern Show Executive Producer Gary Dell'Abate, aka  "Baba Booey,'' ''Ta-Ta Toothy,'' "Ma-Ma Monkey,'' etc.

MAKING HIS PITCH AS A WRITER.

THE BACK PAGE

  • A lot of time spent in the minor leagues chasing his dream without a lot of highlights along the way. Unlike Gary, who went straight from college to The Show, which is like skipping the minors.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Flores definitely could be Booey's first cousin, at least.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • In addition to the resemblance to Flores, it's interesting to note that Gary is a Mets fan and infamously threw out the first ball at Citi Field in 2009. (I like how this Flores post has turned into a Baba Booey post.) "Baba Booey" is the sign-off to some of the greatest prank calls ever. This one is my favorite, from "Mr. Higgins'':  






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